Week 9: Rhetoric and The Puritans

This week, we will continue our work with rhetorical appeals, devices, and techniques, and start some historical context before starting our reading of Arthur Miller’s play, The CruciblePlease be sure you are on time and present each day! Please see below for a brief schedule of our week together: 

Monday, March 81. Warm-up: M.U.G. Monday
2. Continue rhetorical analysis of “Speech to the Virginia Convention”
3. Assignment: “Speech to the Virginia Convention,” Patrick Henry
The reading and assignment can be found in “Lesson Assignments” or on last week’s blog post.
Tuesday, March 91. Warm-up: Lit. Term Tuesday
2. Fear as a Motivator Padlet
3. Heavy Metal or Jonathan Edwards?
4. Assignment: “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,”Jonathan Edwards
The reading and assignment can be found in “Lesson Assignments” or on my blog below.
Wednesday, March 10Reminder: No ReWind Wednesday this week!
Please use Wednesday to catch up on any missing work.
Thursday, March 111. Warm-up: Test Prep Thursday
2. Assignment: “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,”Jonathan Edwards
The reading and assignment can be found in “Lesson Assignments” or on my blog.
3. Assessment: Unit 2 Mid via CommonLit
Please follow the directions on your warm-up log to access the assessment.
Friday, March 121. Warm-up: Free Friday (Puritan Ten Commandments)
2. Assignment: The Crucible Anticipation Guide
The assignment can be found in “Lesson Assignments” or on my blog below.

Week 8: The Persuasive Speech and Rhetorical Analysis

This week, we will continue our work on the persuasive speech and learn new rhetorical devices to analyze and utilize. Please be sure you are on time and present each day! Please see below for a brief schedule of our week together: 

Monday, March 11. Warm-up: M.U.G. Monday
2. Persuasive speech exemplar analysis
The readings can be found in “Lesson Resources” or on my blog below.
3. How to write a three-point thesis
4. Click here to submit your thesis statement!
Tuesday, March 21. Warm-up: Lit. Term Tuesday: Repetition, restatement, antithesis, rhetorical question
2. Credible or Nah? How to know if your source is credible
Click here for the presentation if you were not in class.
3. Assignment: Research collection graphic organizer
Click here for the research graphic organizer Google Doc (make sure you’re signed into Google).
Wednesday, March 3ReWind Wednesday – please see schedule in “Class Board”
Reminder: EPL Mini-project due in CTLS by midnight!
Thursday, March 41. Warm-up: Test Prep Thursday
2. Patrick Henry: “Speech to the Virginia Convention”
The reading can be found in “Lesson Resources” or on my blog below.
3. Assignment: “Speech to the Virginia Convention” Rhetorical Analysis
The assignment can be found in “Lesson Assignments” or on my blog below.
Friday, March 51. Warm-up: Free Friday! 
2. Assignment: “Speech to the Virginia Convention” CommonLit
Please complete this assignment on www.CommonLit.org.

Week 7: The Power of Persuasion

This week, we will start on our next unit, The Power of Persuasion. This unit will cover rhetorical appeals (ethos, pathos, and logos), devices, and techniques, and we will examine the power of language. You will have many opportunities to effectively argue and debate! Please be sure you are on time and present each day! Scroll past the calendar for downloadable files.

Please see below for a brief schedule of our week together: 

Monday, February 221. Warm-up: M.U.G. Monday
2. Notes: Argumentative Essay Structure; unpack Embedded Assessment #2
The note-taking template can be found in “Assignments” or on my blog below.
3. Click here to submit your persuasive speech topic!
Tuesday, February 231. Warm-up: Lit. Term Tuesday: Parallel Structure and Counterclaim
2. Assignment: “National Address to Schoolchildren,” President Barack Obama
The reading can be found in “Lesson Resources” or on my blog below.
3. ​Click here to watch President Obama’s speech!​​​​​​​​​
Wednesday, February 24ReWind Wednesday – please see schedule in “Class Board” on CTLS
Thursday, February 251. Warm-up: Test Prep Thursday
2. Discussion: The Danger of a Single Story
3. ​Click here for the TED Talk and a transcript of the speech.​​​​
4. Assignment: Click here for the Rhetorical Analysis Padlet.​​​
Friday, February 261. Warm-up: Free Friday! 
2. Assignment: Rhetorical Appeals Mini-Project (due by Sunday at 11:59 pm)
Please see assignment details under “assignments” or on my blog below.

Week 6: Wrapping up Unit 1

This week, we will wrap up our reading Lorraine Hansberry’s play, A Raisin in the Sun, as well as the American Dream unit. Since we are approaching the end of our unit, we will have a unit 1 test over the American Dream unit this Thursday. Please be sure you are on time and present each day!

Please see below for a brief schedule of our week together; scroll past the calendar for file downloads.

Monday, February 81. Review: Act 1 and 2 plot points and characters
2. Complete A Raisin in the Sun (film viewing)
3. Wrap up play and discuss
4. Assignment: A Raisin in the Sun Character Chart
Tuesday, February 91. Finish film study of A Raisin in the Sun
2. Assignment: A Raisin in the Sun Character Chart
Wednesday, February 101. ReWind Wednesday: Question Stem Analysis for Unit 1 Assessment
Thursday, February 111. CTLS Assessment: Unit 1 Post-assessment
If you finish early, complete this week’s USA Test Prep assignment!
Friday, February 121. Introduction to Rhetoric Notes
2. Assignment: A Raisin in the Sun Argumentative Writing (in Friday’s warm-up log)

Week 5: Continue A Raisin in the Sun

This week, we will continue reading Lorraine Hansberry’s play, A Raisin in the Sun. As I said in class last week, please do your best to be on time and present each day. It is particularly difficult to read a play and get caught up by yourself. We will also be discussig a great deal, and you won’t want to miss out! 

Please see below for a brief schedule of our week together (please scroll past the calendar for file downloads):

Monday, February 11. Warm-up: M.U.G. Monday
2. Review: Act 1 plot points and characters
3. Continue reading A Raisin in the Sun
4. Ongoing Assignment: A Raisin in the Sun Text-dependent questions (Act I)
Tuesday, February 21. Warm-up: Lit Term Tuesday (direct and indirect characterization)
2. Continue reading A Raisin in the Sun
3. Ongoing Assignment: A Raisin in the Sun Text-dependent questions (Act I)
Wednesday, February 3ReWind Wednesday
Thursday, February 41. Warm-up: Test Prep Thursday
2. Continue reading A Raisin in the Sun
3. Ongoing Assignment: A Raisin in the Sun Text-dependent questions (Act II)
Friday, February 51. Warm-up: Free Friday!
2. Ongoing Assignment: A Raisin in the Sun Text-dependent questions (Act II)
3. Continue reading A Raisin in the Sun

Week 4: Start A Raisin in the Sun

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Over the last few weeks, you all have been doing a great job analyzing poetry from different perspectives across America. This week, we will start with one more analysis of a Langston Hughes poem before diving in to Lorraine Hansberry’s play, A Raisin in the Sun. Moving forward and especially between now and the February break, please do your best to be on time and present each day. It is particularly difficult to read a play and get caught up by yourself. We will also be discussing a great deal, and you won’t want to miss out!

Click here for a copy of the play.

Please see below for a brief schedule of our week together: 

Monday, January 25
  1. M.U.G. Monday Warm-up
  2. Annotate and analyze: “Harlem,” by Langston Hughes
  3. What is a SIFT Analysis?
  4. Assignment: SIFT Analysis for “Harlem” (scroll past the calendar to download)
Tuesday. January 26

Please note that the schedules for Tuesday and Wednesday are flipped for ALL Cobb County Students today. The ONLY students on campus will be those who have registered to take the PSAT at Pebblebrook. 

  1. Asynchronous Learning Day: No live classes
  2. Assignment: Before Wednesday’s class, please complete the “A Raisin in the Sun Anticipation Guide” in CTLS (scroll past the calendar to download and view my explanation video!).
Wednesday, January 27
  1. Lit. Term Tuesday: situational, dramatic, and verbal irony (see video below, past calendar)
  2. Anticipation Guide class debate
  3. Background on Lorraine Hansberry and historical context of the play
  4. Start reading A Raisin in the Sun
    • A copy of the full text can be found in “Resources” or on my blog above.
Thursday, January 28
  1. Test Prep Thursday: Assessment: Unit 1 Mid-assessment via CommonLit
  2. Continue reading A Raisin in the Sun
    • A copy of the full text can be found in “Resources” or on my blog above.
  3. Ongoing Assignment: A Raisin in the Sun Study Questions (scroll past the calendar to download)
Friday, January 29
  1. Free Friday: Free Write!
  2. Continue reading A Raisin in the Sun
    • A copy of the full text can be found in “Resources” or on my blog above.
  3. Ongoing Assignment: A Raisin in the Sun Study Questions

 

Please view this short video that explains the Anticipation Guide!
Lit Term Tuesday: 3 Types of Irony

Week 3: Different Perspectives on The American Dream

Welcome to week three! Last week, we analyzed poetry describing America from different perspectives. This week, we continue our work with poetry and practice our first RACE response. We will close the week with an analysis of non-text using the OPTIC strategy. Don’t forget that ALL students are virtual this week! Please see below for a brief schedule of our week together:

Monday, January 18

No school — Happy MLK Day!

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Tuesday. January 19
  1. Lit. Term Tuesday: Imagery and Allusion
    • Please make sure to grab the warm-up log from “Assignments” in CTLS or download below!
  2. What is a RACE response?
  3. Prompt analysis and breakdown
  4. How to pull and cite text in MLA format
  5. Thesis statements and evidence
Wednesday, January 20

Don’t forget that we have shortened class on Wednesdays, starting this week!

  1. Review poetry terms
  2. Finish Hughes/Alvarez poetry compare/contrast
Thursday, January 21
  1. Test Prep Thursday
  2. Writing Workshop  
  3. RACE Response Checklist
Friday, January 22
  1. Free Friday: How are we doing so far? Padlet
  2. How do you analyze non-text?
  3. Assignment: American Dream OPTIC Analysis
    1. This assignment can be found in “Lesson Assignments” on CTLS, or below.

Click here to download the Week 2 Virtual Learning Warm-up Log!

Click here for the Figurative Language RACE Response Planning Document.

Click here for the OPTIC Graphic Organizer!

 

(For Friday’s Class) Political Cartoon Options (please number on your paper):

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1. by Mike Luckovich

 

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2. by Steve Greenberg

 

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3. by Monte Wolverton

 

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4. by David Horsey

 

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5. by Ed Stein (hint: consider what year this cartoon was drawn)

 

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6. by Andy Singer

 

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7. by Mike Luckovich

 

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8. by David Horsey

Week 2: American Perspectives Through Poetry

Welcome to our first full week! We will work with poetry this week, with a focus on different perspectives on America and the American Dream. Please see below for a brief schedule of our week together:

Monday, January 111. Warm-up: M.U.G. Monday (scroll past the calendar to download)
2. Sign up for USA Test Prep (scroll down for directions)
3. Assessment: Pre-course assessment in CTLS Assess
If you finish early, please complete the Student Survey and the “Attitudes on English” assignment.
Tuesday. January 121. Warm-up: Lit. Term Tuesday (Tone and Theme)
2. “What is the tone of America?” Mentimeter
3. Whitman poetry analysis: “America” and “I Hear America Singing” (scroll past the calendar to download)
4. AssignmentWhitman analysis Padlet
Wednesday, January 13Please note that Wednesdays are reserved for independent work time, tutoring, and small group learning.
Click here to sign up for a check-in and/or tutoring session with Ms. Antonacci!

“Attitudes on English” assignment due by 11:59 pm in CTLS!
Thursday, January 141. Warm-up: Test Prep Thursday
2. Compare and Contrast: “I, Too,” by Langston Hughes and “I, Too, Sing America,” by Julia Alvarez
3. Crafting theme statements and practice
Friday, January 151. Warm-up: Free Friday and How are we doing NOW? Padlet
2. Poetic Techniques Review
3. Compare and Contrast: “I, Too,” by Langston Hughes and “I, Too, Sing America,” by Julia Alvarez
4. Assignment: American Perspectives Poetry Compare and Contrast

Sign up for USA Test Prep!

Outside of class, we will have weekly enrichment activities for you to complete. Every week, you will have a USA Test Prep assignment to complete, and it will go in the gradebook as a grade!

Follow the steps below to create an account and add our class. If you know you’ve made a USA Test Prep account at Pebblebrook but don’t remember your password, Ms. Antonacci can look it up for you.

  1. Go to http://www.usatestprep.com
    • Access ID: pebblebrook (all lowercase)
    • Student activation code: stu1223 (all lowercase)
  2. Once you have entered this information, create your personal user ID and password. Make sure you remember this information – write it down!
  3. Once you log in, click “Join a Class” (orange button on home page – NOT class party!).
  4. Find my name: Mariko Antonacci and add yourself to your class. Make sure you’re adding the correct class period!
  5. Once you have been added to the class, you’re done! Your first USA Test Prep assignment will be posted on Monday, January 11th.

All USA Test Prep assignments are due by 11:59pm every Sunday. I would recommend scheduling one day (Wednesdays are a good idea!) for yourself to complete these so that you don’t get overwhelmed on Sunday night. Go ahead and put it in your iCal, planner, reminders list, whatever works for you!

Attitudes on English and Last Semester Reflection

Please complete this assignment within the CTLS platform; each response (each question) should be a minimum of 6-8 sentences. Refrain from “fluff sentences” such as “This is why I like English class.” If you’re stuck, provide additional details!

Part 1: each response (each question) should be a minimum of 6-8 sentences. 

  1. Describe an experience that has shaped your attitude about English class. This can be positive or negative, but make sure you think of a specific example.
  2. Describe a success that you have had. This can be ANY success, even if it may not seem like a big deal to someone else. Please include how you felt about it.
  3. Finally, explain what your FAVORITE thing is about English and why. Think hard; I want each of you to have at least one.

Part 2: Please answer each question in 1-2 complete sentences each.

1. Reflect on your progress last semester. How did it go for you? Were you happy with your final grades? Explain.

2. What are some practices that helped you to be successful? (For example, keeping an agenda or to-do list, time management, setting aside time for work, etc.)

3. What are some new things you will do this semester to ensure you will be successful in ALL of your classes?